This is the departmental introductory course for non-majors. I teach it in rotation with other faculty.
This is our introductory field mapping course for sophomores (majors and minors) and emphasizes hands-on field skills from map location, to using a compass, to making a simple map and cross-section. Much of the course takes place in the field over spring break.
is a general capstone course focused on the geology underlying the scenery in our National Parks. This course is open to any undergraduate student who has completed all other core curriculum requirements. It includes basic geological concepts as well as more detail about how geological processes have acted (and continue to act) to form the scenery that we observe. This course will next be offered in Spring of 2014, therefore most of the internal links on the syllabus page are inactive.
is an introductory course focused on metallic mineral deposits, usually run in the fall term. The course comprises discussion of the techniques that are used to study ore deposits, drawing extensively on knowledge gained in other undergraduate courses in geology, along with discussion of the various types of ore deposits.
is offered alternate even years (next time in Fall, 2014) and is an introduction to the use of isotopes in the geological sciences. Half of the course is dedicated to the systematics and applications of radiogenic isotope geochemistry, and half to stable isotope geochemistry.
is taught in spring of alternate odd years (next time in Fall, 2015) and covers geochemistry of minerals found in geothermal/hydrothermal systems, including: properties of water; mineral solubility; phase equilibria; parameters for mineral transport and deposition for both metallic and non-metallic minerals; and hydrothermal alteration equilibria.